What is a Fat Quarter?

As a new quilter you may be confused with the amount of fabric contained in a "Fat Quarter"

In Canada Here's What You Get:

When you buy a quarter meter of fabric off the bolt you get a piece that measures about 25cm x 112 cm. A Fat Quarter is cut differently. Imagine you have a full meter of fabric; you fold and cut it into quarters. Each of these quarter sections is a fat quarter. Therefore a Fat Quarter measures 50cm x 56cm. (about 20 x 22")

In The USA Here's What You Get:

(Who said everything’s bigger in Texas!) Since fabric is measured in yards in the States your fat quarter is smaller. The yard is 36" long compared to the 39" meter. Therefore the American Fat Quarter is 18" x 22". A good reason to buy in Canada Eh?